SF Sketchfest Day 3: Key & Peele Crack Up at SF Sketchfest Tribute


Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele (Credit: Dan Dion) 1/25/14

SF Sketchfest honored Key and Peele with a hilarious and heartfelt tribute on Saturday afternoon at Cobb’s Comedy Club, with stories of unaired material and hysterical riffing. Both Key and Peele also performed that evening at Brava Theatre with The Black Version, improvising the black version of the audience-suggested film, “Dead Poet’s Society.”

SF Sketchfest Day 1: An Intimate Opening Night With Napoleon Dynamite and The D


Jack Black, Kyle Gass, Paul F. Tompkins, Jon Heder Credit: Jakub Mosur. 1/23/14

SF Sketchfest kicked off with a 10th Anniversary screening of Napoleon Dynamite and a Tribute to Tenacious D moderated by Paul F. Tompkins. In his Q&A with Starlee Kine, Jon Heder revealed the cast’s enthusiasm while shooting Napoleon Dynamite: “As soon as we finished a scene, we would start quoting that scene!”

SF Weekly Comedy Issue Chock-Full of SF Sketchfest

SF Weekly’s Comedy Issue hit newsstands Wednesday. The issue features interviews with Nate Bergatze, Ron Funches, Jenny Slate, Kurt Braunohler and opening night headliners Tenacious D. It includes a guide to the 13th annual SF Sketchfest, with an online companion guide to music at the festival. It also features contributions from comedians, locals, frequent visitors and those with San Francisco roots, who have upcoming appearances at the festival

Check it out:

The Comedy Issue: Dissecting the Joke to Make it Better
By Brandon R. Reynolds

What Makes You Laugh?: How to Decide What Kinds of Shows You Should See During SF Sketchfest
By Emilie Mutert

Phallusy: Tenacious D’s Jack Black and Kyle Gass on Van Halen and Theater-Sized Dick Jokes
By Dave Pehling

The Illuminati of Mirth: Comedy Is a Small World. We Establish a Few Secret Connections
By Emilie Mutert

Only in Alameda
By Emily Heller

Through the Peeping Glass
By Dave Hill

Music at Sketchfest: A Handy Guide
Dave Pehling

North Vs. South
By Greg Behrendt

Seeing My Boss Naked
By Janine Brito

Notes from Utopia
By Moshe Kasher

SF Sketchfest Staff Picks: Jay Wertzler, Festival Systems & Operations Manager

Still combing the program for this year’s not-to-miss shows? To help you out, we’ve asked staff to share their picks for this year’s fest. 

Meet Jay Wertzler, Festival Systems & Operations Manager. Jay hails from the Inner Richmond. In addition to working festivals around town, he hosts a bi-weekly quiz night, edits manuscripts for a literary non-profit in San Diego, and enjoy long naps in the sun with his cat.

 # of SF Sketchfests you’ve worked: I think this will be my 4th?!

Shows you’re most excited for this year: Charles, Thursday Jan 30, Dark Room, 8pm; Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction, Friday, Jan 31, Brava Theater, 10pm.

I saw Charles on accident at Sketchfest 2012. It was the best accident I ever made. They are a consistently inventive sketch duo from Seattle who don’t shy away from the weird. As for Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction, you can never go wrong with Ron Funches, and you can definitely never go wrong with Funches’ dulcet tones reading erotica.

Favorite SF Sketchfest memory: Interviewing Lance Crouther, who was in character as Pootie Tang, on stage at the Castro Theatre.

Favorite venue in SF: The Roxie

Jay swears, “I don’t wear JNCO jeans anymore.”


In honor of the 13th Sketchfest, Jay at 13.